Romancing Daphne by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.
But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.
Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.
My thoughts; I didn't realize that this book was part of a series of books that feature one of my all time favorite characters, The Duke of Kielder. The first book that I read of Sarah Eden's was Courting Miss Lancaster. From that moment I have read everything I can get my hands on written by Sarah Eden. While this book is part of a series, you can read them separately, but I do recommend starting with Seeking Persephone. It will give you an introduction to the characters and you may come to appreciate the Duke as much as I do.
Daphne is the third daughter and she hides behind the persona of mediocrity. She has been told that she is plain, so she dresses plainly. She doesn't think she is witty, so she hides her personality from others. She has read extensively and hides her intelligence. In fact, running and hiding is the talent she shows the word. The fact is that she is a very accomplished, intelligent, and kind person.
James Tilburn is a young man with a domineering father. He has spent his life trying to take care of everyone in his his family, leaving his thoughts and desires in the background. He is "forced" to seek out Daphne and give her a boost into society by pretending to be a suitor. Somewhere along the line, the pretending and the desire to court Daphne become blurred, but he is caught in a trap not of his own making.
I loved this book. I love this family. I hope Sarah Eden writes more about the Lancaster's. There is a younger sister and a brother that I would love to read a story about. :) I admire the dry humor, brutal honesty, and fear that Kielder inspires. His escapades and personality are "laugh out loud" moments. Not to say that I didn't like James and Daphne. Keilder always steals the show for me.
If you haven't read these books, "what are you waiting for!"
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The gushing and loving the book are my own thoughts and opinions!
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About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) SARAH M. EDEN read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
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